ERIC Number: ED352195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Family Education. K-3 Expansion Demonstration Projects: A Report to the Minnesota Department of Education on Ten Pilot Sites.
Harding, Martha E.; And Others
Ten demonstration grants were awarded to public school systems throughout the state of Minnesota to develop expanded early childhood family education (ECFE) programs that integrate the roles of families, teachers, and social services in serving children in kindergarten through third grade and their families. This report provides an overview of the 10 pilot programs; reviews major strategies of the programs; lists benefits of the programs for children and parents; and examines barriers to the implementation of the programs. The report also describes some of the details involved in implementing expanded ECFE programs; reviews research on parental involvement in programs that support children's school successes and reduce children's chance of experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs; discusses program participants' satisfaction with the programs; and offers eight recommendations related to ECFE programs in Minnesota. The research reviewed overwhelmingly supports the involvement of parents in any effort aimed at preventing problems which place children at risk, and ECFE programs appear to have extraordinary potential as a vehicle for involving parents in primary prevention. Appendices include a 22-item bibliography, copies of surveys used in gathering data about the 10 pilot programs, and extensive descriptions of the 10 programs. These descriptions, which comprise more than half the document, present information on programs' target populations, agencies participating in the programs, components and evaluation of the programs, recruitment of programs' participants, the relationship of programs to drug abuse prevention, benefits of programs, and barriers to the implementation of programs. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Harding, Ringhofer & Associates, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota